View Full Version : HMC #9: Millennium Falcon

05 May 2007, 12:57 PM
While not a character per se, I believe the Falcon is enough of a character in itself in the films to be worthy of the challenge.

i've made a start on the rear end of the falcon

i have a few ideas for the situation i want to put it in but i'll make a decision on that further down the line.

more tomorrow hopefully

05 May 2007, 12:56 AM
ok....a small update....blocked out the basic shape of the engine deck and added the four "fins"...i also thinned out the sections i'd done previously as they looked too chunky.

05 May 2007, 05:56 AM
added some small bits to the back and the beginnings of the engine deck detail (exhaust vents need some rotating to align them better)

05 May 2007, 06:52 AM
ok you are gonna have to show me how you do the non-organic modeling...

what I mean is... when ever I did any non-organic modeling... the circles didn't look like circles...

did you make the grates as part of the regular mesh, or seperate?

could you show some wireframes... the problem that I usually have is that all my models are so low poly...

05 May 2007, 07:42 AM
hey matt

for the all the circley pieces i started from a plain old cylinder primitive which i then cut up and extruded,bevelled etc etc as required....

the grates were made by multiplying a simple box over and over and shifting the verts too and fro to fit inside the circles

and i'll probably have a few wires up in the next few days.....

hope that helps a probably doesn't....i suck at explaining things....i just do them without thinking about

Rod Seffen
05 May 2007, 12:56 PM
This is a very strange way of working - i.e. one completed small section with all the pipes, bells and whistles etc on it.
It'd make more sense to construct the basic hull as a whole and then start adding smaller detail. Work from big to small.

If I'm making a character, I don't start off by making one complete toe, with nail and wrinkles, then make a finger, then make the belly button, then the nose etc ,and then stick them altogether like a jigsaw.
I realise technical modeling like this is not the same as organic, but surely the big to small approach is still valid.

05 May 2007, 01:04 PM
lol funny you mention that oddity....cos i was starting on that this

got most of it blocked out....

once i get that done i'll do the extra armour panels then move onto everything else

05 May 2007, 02:06 AM
Well I guess I can't say the same for you on the detail area. It looks like you have a really good start.

Are you just going to model the just Falcon, or are you going to put it into a scene.

I think it would be really cool if you also modelled the Mos Eisley Hangar Bay for displaying the model. just a suggestion.

Looking forward to seeing more of you progress, awesome start man!!

05 May 2007, 02:15 AM
thanks Tim.

doicking bay 94 would be a good idea, i'll add it to my list of possibilities. Other ideas I had were blasting out of the death star II as it blows up or coming out of the asteroid with the space slug nipping at its butt....

05 May 2007, 08:09 AM
The "Fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" is starting to look bloody great mate!:thumbsup:
Love the amount of detail you have put in and interesting to note that you model that same way as I do. doing it piece by piece. it's how i've done everything so far. anyway keep up the great work!

05 May 2007, 03:13 PM
the falcon is a definite character in my book you cant have a starwars tribute challenge with out the falcon great work so far would like to see wires of it like the attention to detail will be watching this thread closely :)

05 May 2007, 10:50 PM
Can't wait to see your work on this one Paul. Your hard surface work is always something to marvel at.

05 May 2007, 06:11 AM
thanks guys....i'm off to do a bit more work on it now, though i should mention that the model at moment is pretty bare considering what I hope to have it finish like....the detail will hurt my

oh and i'll get those wires as well....

05 May 2007, 12:35 AM
Wow, this one is looking very promising already. Nice.
I`ll be keeping an eye on all of these entries.

05 May 2007, 11:47 AM
Really nice detail so far.

Looking forward to your hearing your computer screaming in pain ....:D

05 May 2007, 01:38 PM
Looks Great so far!

05 May 2007, 10:51 PM
awesome attention to detail. Modeling each part like that must be difficult.

05 May 2007, 06:32 AM
thanks guys....yes I'm a little slow coming with the next update but I will get one up

05 May 2007, 08:22 AM
okay and here we are

I've blocked out most of the main shapes (still missing the cockpit, parts of the front mandibles and parts on the underside) and added the upper armour plating to the hull...still need to cut the holes in the underlaying mesh though...

i'll post the wires shortly

05 May 2007, 08:29 AM
wires (click for larger) ( ( ( (

05 May 2007, 09:12 AM
Nice Model! The Dream of every little boy in the early 80īs seems to come true for you. Your own Millenium Falcon!
Got some very highdetailed Pics of the MF from a book that i bought in the early 90īs!
I donīt think that you need it but i can attache them if you like it.
Good Luck to you

05 May 2007, 05:05 AM
thanks monotoon...if you want you can pm me the links to those pictures and I'll take a look, they sound like they could be helpful....

05 May 2007, 01:55 PM
good job!!
great details on the border, can u lend it to me that I can make a turn in space with?lol

05 May 2007, 01:57 PM

Here it is! Some MF detail-pics. Hope the Link works and itīs helpful for you.

Good luck again! the know what i mean!

06 June 2007, 07:36 AM
thanks a bunch for that monotoon, they help more than you know...

for my next update (which will come on or after the weekend most likely) I'm going to be modelling the docking ring area (top right in monotoons pic) in fully detail and take it as far as I plan to take the rest of the model, just so everyone can get an idea of what I'm aiming for.....look out for it either saturday or monday

i'm having sunday off as it is my no longer a

06 June 2007, 09:38 AM
Its looking very nice sofar, no real crits atm...

06 June 2007, 01:57 AM
thanks airflow

I've decided to work on it this afternoon so I should have an update of sorts in several hours from now....

06 June 2007, 01:39 PM
Beautiful Detail and considering that you did that only over one afternoon is very impressive.

06 June 2007, 07:49 PM
Looking good. Thanks for a look at the wire frames... it answers alot of my questions. Keep it up I can't wait to see the finished model

06 June 2007, 02:31 AM
the update will be done tomorrow afternoon, as i didn't get enough done yesterday that was worth yeah....tomorrow....

on another note...

happy birthday to me.... :)

06 June 2007, 07:33 PM
Happy birthday from Germany! I want to be 20 again!!;)

06 June 2007, 10:22 PM
Happy BDAY mate, your work is looking great. I would love to see a recreation of the scene where the falcom escapes the huge asteroid worm from episode V.

06 June 2007, 12:33 AM
Happy Birthday brother!

nice work!

06 June 2007, 01:31 AM
happy birthday! Looking forward to the update! Looks awesome so far!

06 June 2007, 11:38 AM
the falcon's looking great so far =) don't forget the satellite dish now! heheh and happy birthday =)

06 June 2007, 02:50 PM
great detail, more more updates good work.......:)

06 June 2007, 07:19 AM
happy late birthday dude...

well I thought of another question to ask you about your workflow... do you end up leaving the grates and parts seperate and just use grouping? or do you make it all one mesh... (as you can guess I like your workflow and I am trying to learn what I can) plus I have a few personal projects that are non-organic

06 June 2007, 08:02 AM
thanks everyone for the birthday wishes....

Whyst - with the dish, I may not be adding it, since I'm doing the escape from the second death star, the dish had already been knocked off at that there'll be a mangled stump

morphius - i usually keep everything separate until I have the detail at a level I want and then i begin attaching various parts together into single meshes, it seems to lower the burden on my cpu more than grouping i think because instead of computing all the meshes and then the grouping of those meshes it just has the single mesh to deal with.....

update's been delayed a little bit....other work is taking priority at the moment

06 June 2007, 06:59 PM
Nice job.
Very interesting, the details are.
well MF is my favorite ship.

06 June 2007, 03:54 AM
okay....a bit of an update finally....i'm still going with my full detailling on the docking ring...and here are 3 pics showing my progress on it.....

06 June 2007, 03:58 AM
Now thats detailed! Very nice indeed. Makes me want to abandon mine...hehe. Keep it up... there's a lot more yet to do. I'm starting to wish I'd chosen something with less parts and pieces.

Looking forward to more!

06 June 2007, 04:43 AM
Mad Detailling!


06 June 2007, 05:04 AM
thanks guys...i know what you mean about the many many makes my head hurt to think about them

the interesting thing about the docking rings is that they are different on both sides of the ship, in that they both have varying amounts of damage and missing as I'm constructing this I'm trying to make a full and "brand-new" docking ring which I'll then take parts away from and bash up a bit.....

more updates coming later on today

06 June 2007, 06:40 AM
Yeah thats the challenge with this ship, its owners asked alot and skimped on the repair bills. :D

Man, the detail on that hatch looks fantastic, I never even noticed that before. Need to go back and scrutinize a little closer.

06 June 2007, 08:11 AM
well i've finished off the internal details of the docking ring now.....and modified them as per my references....i'm quite happy with how they look

all thats left now on them is a few more greebly bits on the outside and some more damage...

06 June 2007, 08:22 AM
ooh geez the details! :eek: that must be some goood reference you're using! can't wait to see more =)

06 June 2007, 08:41 AM
beautiful work robo, the detail is very complex. I think you have done greebling a bit before. The MF -Detail image link seems to be gone now,would have been nice to compare and follow along, but at least you have them, so we can still follow along with a slow reveal.

Mos Eisley has always been one of my fav locales also, lots of buildings though, I suppose you could do a closeup.

Could you ever texture this at this detail or would you do a less detailed texture eg: down to the hatch level but not each fitting, are you going to texture at all?

06 June 2007, 10:08 AM
i don't plan to texture it for the challenge, want to devote as much time as possible to the modelling...cos I'll need it.....

however I may go thorugh and texture it after the challenge (then again i may on other work and stuff)....if i did i don't think I would do it on a part by part basis....I may work up some procedural textures for the smaller parts and do maps for the larger areas..

06 June 2007, 01:33 PM
It's like the Gauntlet has been thrown

I'd Love to get crazy detailed...and seeing this... I may just have to.

Your work so far is amazing!

I think I can guess what ref images you're using now that I see the detail... very nice work!

06 June 2007, 05:55 AM
yes my refs are quite handy was most pleased to find them....

and there might be an update later today....

06 June 2007, 09:45 AM
okay...a week on and I finally got a chance to do some work on this thing....

started on the "porthole" area for the cannon on the top of the falcon

06 June 2007, 09:53 AM
Duuude :eek:

06 June 2007, 01:16 PM
"Porthole"...? whats wrong with "Top Round Thingy"? Ha!

Looking awesome! I'm currently crying over the gazillion individual parts that I'm having to model for this thing. You seem to be handling it all quite well though.

Keep it up! Maybe we can have a Kessel Run race when we finish!

- John

06 June 2007, 02:06 AM
the amount of pieces in this model is indeed staggering....but I'm just taking them one at a time...and hopefully that won't take too

06 June 2007, 09:43 PM
Your work is sick, a good sense of course :)

06 June 2007, 03:52 AM
thanks yav, your greivous is coming along nicely (i modelled one ages ago, like a week or so after the initial designs for grevious were released....which was months and months before the movie came out.....boy was that a

I've been thinking about the sheer scale of this model and have devised a concept that will allow an unfinished model (should it come to that) to be entered in as finished.....I'll post more about that later on...

the next update will come in the next day or so and is going to be the quad turbo laser that sits over the porthole....and probably also the greeble-isation of that whole area in general....

06 June 2007, 04:42 AM
go robo, go! You're doing a hell of a job there. I'm really looking forward to seeing those quads!

06 June 2007, 06:18 AM
Robo, it's looking brilliant! Hope you can get it finished in time.

06 June 2007, 01:47 PM
great work dude! Fan-friggin-tastic

06 June 2007, 10:19 PM
It coming on, any updates?

06 June 2007, 01:27 AM
there'll hopefully be an update today....i've been sick the last couple of days (an upped dosage of meds got to but I should be able to get some done today

06 June 2007, 07:18 AM
ok here we go...started on the quad lasers.....barrels first....

06 June 2007, 02:20 AM
more updates coming later on today.....hopefully I'll get the majority of the quads finished off...

also i'm basing my model off of the miniature of the falcon (don't know if its the 3 or 5 foot version), I just thought I'd mention that because I think the 'full size' cannons seen in the film are a bit different....but these are the same as whats on the miniature....

06 June 2007, 04:24 AM
and heres a little bit more progress on the lasers....

more soon

06 June 2007, 03:59 AM
rob, this is torture man...

Your work is beatuiful. I feel like I'm watching all my friends playing while I'm stuck looking out my window & grounded.

I so wish I had time to devote to this wonderful challange. (wipe tear) :cry:

I remember when my mom bought me this from the toy store for good grades. The freaking box was almost as big as I was. My feet was sweating & had butterflies. Get the same feeling watching your progress. :thumbsup:


06 June 2007, 08:30 AM
thanks Fess

I got a bit more work in on the quads this afternoon

but somehow I don't think I'm going to get this thing finished within the bounds of the challenge (barring an absolute miracle and a mammoth effort) so I'm going to have to implement plan B, which basically involves focusing on just getting the top half of the model fully decked out.....and then creating the environment....I'll see how i go

06 June 2007, 04:07 PM
Thats sick man! Can't wait for more.

06 June 2007, 11:30 PM
me too
looks awesome

06 June 2007, 10:09 PM
So much detail, this one has to be a strong contender! Can't wait for more.

07 July 2007, 12:48 AM
well i hate to have to say this but unfortunately there won't be any more least not while the challenge is on....

i've become too sick to be able to work on this as much as I need to and thus with only a week remaining in the challenge I'm going to have to pull out....

thanks for the support from all you guys and I just hope I can get around to finishing this model some time in the future

07 July 2007, 12:59 AM
I salute you for making an amazing model and continuing to work on it, right to the last moment, when your sickness finally cought up with you. Rent a few cool films, stay in bed, drink loads of tea, eat hot soup and try not go overboard with the meds. I'm looking forward to seeing this finished sometime in the future. Good luck, mate.

07 July 2007, 01:03 AM
That's a shame brother! Great work! I understand how tight time gets.

Here's hoping to see the final product one day!

07 July 2007, 04:55 AM
Y nice work, it was a very good project....don't give up on it.

07 July 2007, 10:14 AM
Sorry to hear that mate, i hope its nothing too serious ..

Look forward to you finishing this at a later date ..:thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 01:56 PM
That sucks... It's never fun getting so sick that you don't feel like doing much of anything.

Get well soon, cuz of all the ship/mech models in the challenge, this is the one I wanted to see finished most!

07 July 2007, 02:08 PM
Get well soon!

And when the results thread comes up in two weeks I could spolight the work you are doing in your entry.

Anyway get better man!


07 July 2007, 03:26 PM
aww hope u get better soon =/ keep us updated if u do finish this later =)

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